Name: Lynne Charleson

Occupation: Community Activist

Lynne is an Aboriginal woman currently couch surfing in the Vancouver area. She has 4 children and 3 grandchildren. She greatly enjoys and appreciates the community of the Downtown Eastside. She has struggled with alcohol and addiction in the past, but she is currently doing well. She suffers from arthritis and after several years of struggle has been able to get on disability. However, because she doesn’t have a fixed address at the moment, she isn’t currently receiving the housing portion of the support. Her biggest concerns are child welfare and accessibility of affordable housing.

We support raising disability rates and providing more social housing. An income of $906 per month ($10,782 annually) is far below the poverty line, and affordable housing is a significant concern. 87,ooo children live in poverty in BC, and it has a long-term impact on their social, physical and intellectual development.

“The biggest poverty is child welfare.  Single mothers and single fathers have a hard time just taking care of their kids…This welfare budget they give you, it’s just peanuts and popcorn.  I spent whatever money I had on my kids.”